A rash on Best Example's chest meant that he couldn't take up the only engagement we had last week but there was plenty to keep us busy in the yard with all the yearlings ridden away on the Heath for the first time and a solid squad of horses coming to the boil for the all-weather season.
The yearlings' first day on the Heath wasn't without incident as all three managed to lose their rider at some stage but all were safely caught and everyone lived to fight another day! They have since settled down and behave impeccably when at exercise now.
Of the horses getting ready to run soon, Oud Metha Bridge is probably the most exciting. He was an impressive maiden winner on the all-weather earlier in the year before losing his way for Ed Dunlop. Like with Oceanus, we think we can improve him for a change of scenery as well as routine and, if we do, he has a lot more improvement to come. Spaces in his syndicate have been very popular but there are still a handful remaining. More details can be found below or on our OWNERSHIP page.
We are back to having a few runners this week with a good number entered up.
At Southwell on Tuesday we will be doubly represented with Candesta and Gatillo running in the same race.
On current and course form, you would say that Gatillo will have the edge and we hope he can go close to winning after a fast-finishing third over a furlong shorter there last time.
Candesta has been in the doldrums a bit recently but is well handicapped as a result and did run well at the track a few years ago so hopefully he can show a bit more spark returning there.
Sunset Bounty hasn't shown much in three maiden runs to date but she has a very willing attitude and the handicapper has started her off with a low rating so she should be getting competitive if getting into her race at Kempton on Wednesday. I think in time that she will need a bit further than this distance but opportunities are a bit thin on the ground for her and she is ready to run.
Majestic Moon showed last time that he handles Southwell's unique surface no problem so we have kept him fresh specifically for a race at the track on Friday. Usually a front-runner, he didn't mind getting a lead last time either so he is a bit more tactically versatile. He is on a rating now which he should be winning off and I think Southwell this winter is his best chance of doing so.
Then on Saturday we will hopefully be taking a couple of runners to Wolverhampton.
Pitch High lost his maiden tag when winning at Newcastle last time and a 3lb rise by the handicapper was fair enough. He will be stepping up in trip which shouldn't be a problem and hopefully now that he has found the winning groove, he can keep it up!
Best Example will be accompanying him, providing his rash clears up in time. He ran a great race at the course in the summer and will be in with a shout if getting the luck his hold-up style of racing requires.
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